22-year-old Robert Augustus Chesebrough wanted to see the possibilities of all that petroleum could make. When he observed the workers drilling petroleum, he saw that there was a byproduct that the workers used to heal their cuts and wounds with. And hence came Vaseline into our world.
In the 1980s, a San Francisco ophthalmologist was trying out new treatments for cross-eyes. Though his trial for the eyes was successful, he also noticed that his treatment had astonishing face-lifting side-effects, which was the start of Botox!
Tea merchant Thomas Sullivan in 1908, began shipping samples of his tea out in small silk pouches- without even thinking that people could or would use it as tea bags. People loved how convenient it was that way and therefore tea-bags became famous.
Walter Hunt was going through a tough time trying to find a way to pay off his debts. He started fidgeting around with a metal wire and discovered that when coiled, the wire could clasp to itself and unclasp as well. And on 10th April 1849, the safety pin was patented.
Everyone’s favorite pastime, bubble wraps were invented originally with the intention of making them a wallpaper, by engineer Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. But the wrap did not quite work as wallpaper so the engineers decided to pivot it in 1960 as a protective packaging.
A Chinese cook mixed saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal over a fire as an experiment. It suddenly exploded and he was astonished. He tried mixing the same ingredients again and was amazed to see it burst again. Later the Chinese started mixing the ingredients in bamboo and firecrackers came into being.